Failed insect husbandry

Curious about the critter(s) inhabiting this very common gall on Quercus turbinella, I brought a half-dozen back from my most recent visit to Rackensack Canyon. I placed them in a pint canning jar and covered it with cheesecloth. Within a couple of days, this wasp emerged; it's identical to an individual I photographed in the field. The next day it was joined by this adult wasp (presumably - jointed antennae).

I intended to return them to Rackensack the next morning, but it turns out that a single layer of cheesecloth is not an impermeable barrier to these guys. They took it on the wing and they or their remains are somewhere here in the house.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, August 17, 2019 22:12

Observations

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stevejones

Date

August 6, 2019 07:32 AM MST

Description

Host Quercus turbinella; extremely common in the canyon

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stevejones

Date

August 6, 2019 09:33 AM MST

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Observer

stevejones

Date

August 11, 2019 04:17 PM MST

Description

Emerged from the gall. Same species as in this observation.

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stevejones

Date

August 11, 2019 04:21 PM MST

Description

Length 4-5 mm. Emerged from the gall.

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I couldn't help but laugh and think how much worse it could have been. I'm sure there are lots of entomologists with horror stories!

Excellent photos!

Posted by ezpixels 4 months ago (Flag)

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